Special to this newspaper
WASHINGTON (MNS) — Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., asked a House appropriations subcommittee this week for $14 million to enhance emergency communications in Imperial County.
‘‘Unfortunately this community is ill-prepared to respond to emergencies because they lack the infrastructure to enable them to answer the call in a time of crisis,'' Filner stated.
The current system is deteriorating, has interference problems and does not permit radio coverage in certain county areas, he said.
Because Imperial County borders Mexico, and has three ports of entry, Filner called his request one of national security.
‘‘Our (communications) project is extremely important,'' said county Executive Officer Ann Capela.
Capela said an ambulance driver, a firefighter and a deputy could be driving down a road in Imperial County next to each other and not be able to communicate. They would have to connect through their respective departments, which takes time, she said.